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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/20 – 4/26/20


Happy Sunday evening bookworms!

How is everyone doing?  Staying sane?

No?  Me either….

*Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up is a weekly post where I feature what books I’ve been reading, which books are on my upcoming TBR, what posts were published on the blog for the past week, any bookish news I came across, and noteworthy posts from around the bookish community.


Bookish Happenings (1)

Life this week has been much more of the same.  I’ve been busy helping my kids with remote learning, doing projects around the house, making cloth masks to donate to our local food pantry & people in need, and doing some light reading… Spoiler alert, it’s mostly been middle grade.

Since last week, we’ve found out that kids in Ohio are not going back to school for the remainder to the school year.  I knew it was coming and I know it’s the right decision, but it still makes me sad.  Our governor also made all us parents a bit nervous when he mentioned “blended learning” for the fall – learning both remotely and limiting in-school learning.  It is crazy to think how different this entire year (maybe longer?) is going to be.

Another update is that I am scheduled to return to work on May 2nd after our stay-at-home order is lifted.  If you are new to my blog, I am a youth services librarian at my small community library.  Our library will not be open to the public, but staff will be cleared to begin working in the building.  From there, I’m assuming we will be slowly operating in phases.  I’m sure we will offer some type of curb-side service at some point, then allowing a limited number of patrons to enter the building.  We have no idea how long each phase will last, or when we will be able to move into each new phase.  While I have enjoyed the time I’ve had off to be with my family during these difficult times, I’m ready to get back to work in this small capacity.  Like I mentioned, we are a very small branch, so there will only be a few staff in the building at one time.


What I'm Reading (1)

Recently Finished Reading:

» Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei #1) by Abigail Hing Wen



5-Star Rating System

*4.5 Stars*

This is a guilty pleasure type of read.  Actually, it reminded me a bit of Crazy Rich Asians a bit.  It is a tad racy for a YA book… So I’d probably recommend for older YA readers that are 16+

» Exile (Keeper of the Lost Cities #2) by Shannon Messenger



5-Star Rating System

I am LOVING this MG fantasy series.  While these books are a bit chunky, don’t let the page count deter you.  I flew through the first two books in this series this month.  Also, I’m happy to report that this second installment does NOT suffer from “second book syndrome.”

» Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson



5-Star Rating System

Nooks & Crannies is an excellent MG historical mystery.  Some of the elements of this story gave me Matilda mixed with A Series of Unfortunate Events vibes.  The audiobook is well narrated.

Currently Reading:

» The Penderwicks (The Penderwicks #1) by Jeanne Birdsall



Status: Just starting

» The Last (Endling #1) by Katherine Applegate



Status: Just starting

» Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Wayside School #1) by Louis Sachar



Status: 60%

What Am I Reading Next?:

» Everblaze (Keeper of Lost Cities #3) by Shannon Messenger



Sophie uncovers shocking secrets—and faces treacherous new enemies—in this electrifying third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Sophie Foster is ready to fight back.

Her talents are getting stronger, and with the elusive Black Swan group ignoring her calls for help, she’s determined to find her kidnappers—before they come after her again.

But a daring mistake leaves her world teetering on the edge of war, and causes many to fear that she has finally gone too far. And the deeper Sophie searches, the farther the conspiracy stretches, proving that her most dangerous enemy might be closer than she realizes.

In this nail-biting third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must fight the flames of rebellion, before they destroy everyone and everything she loves.



Monday 4/20


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Have you read any of the books included in this post?  If so, what did you think?

What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)

What I'm Reading

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